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Urban History Specialist to Discuss ‘Jim Crow’s Last Stand’
Thomas J. Sugrue to Speak as Part of Ohio Wesleyan’s 2007 Sagan National Colloquium

October 8, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – Thomas J. Sugrue, Ph.D., a professor of history and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “Jim Crow’s Last Stand: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Suburban North” as part of Ohio Wesleyan University’s 22nd annual Sagan National Colloquium.

Sugrue’s presentation is based on his newest book, “Sweet Land of Liberty: The Unfinished Struggle for Racial Equality in the North,” currently in press at Random House. Sugrue will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Benes Rooms of the university’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Sugrue also is the author of “The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit,” named by Princeton University Press as one of its most influential books of the past century. The book also earned the Bancroft Prize in American History, the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, the President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association, and the Urban History Association Award for Best Book in North American Urban History.

Sugrue recently served as co-editor of “The New Suburban History,” which discusses the role of suburbs in modern American history. In addition, his essays have been published in The Journal of American History, Labor History, and The Journal of Urban History. Sugrue earned his doctorate from Harvard University in 1992.

Each year, Ohio Wesleyan University’s Sagan National Colloquium examines an issue of national and global significance with a fall lecture series. The theme of this year’s Colloquium is “Cities and Suburbs: Life in a Metropolitan World.” Past Colloquium speakers have included President Gerald Ford, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, and author Kurt Vonnegut. A full schedule of this year’s Colloquium events is available at snc.owu.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.